A lot of people that turn to self-help are really reaching out for something much more than help. They’re looking for progress. I was one of those people looking to change my life as recently as 5 years ago and I found something out about myself that’s very important.
I am not very good at holding myself accountable. I mean I’m accountable to other people very well, but when it comes to me doing something just for me, I’d rather just watch a movie or read a book. The whole idea of doing something just for the sake of doing it so my life gets better is not normally on the top of my list.
However, there is a huge caveat to that. The thing is that I like to think of myself as a great son, a great father, a great brother, a great trainer, and soon to be, great boss. Why? Well, Bro Jackson, I’ll tell you why.
Because although I tend to only listen to the voice in my head for encouragement and motivation, I tend to listen to others in respect to accountability. It’s weird, I know. The track star who went off to start his own business is in all actuality NOT a self-starter?
The funny thing is, that I’m a great starter. One of the best. Not to mention finisher, it’s the middle where I get kinda distracted and complacent and that’s when I find that it’s best to have someone on the outside coaching me. Whether it’s a track coach, relationship coach, or spiritual coach, I always perform better when someone holds me accountable.
The thing about having someone to be accountable to is that it helps me stay somewhat distracted when the negative voices start creeping in. (Yeah, I get em too sometimes) Accountability helps drown out the voice that says I didn’t do enough, or that I don’t deserve to give myself the best.
The people around you can absolutely determine what goes into your head. They may not be able to control everything, but if you have people that are constantly pumping out negativity, what do you think you’ll get? Yup…exactly.
So really what you want to do is find someone that will hold you accountable to your goals and stay positive when you may not feel like doing so.
In other words, Keep Good Company!
Jerry “accountable” Washington
P.S. I’m gonna be competing in a trainers champion league that starts on the 15th of September. Think of it as Crossfit meets Ninja Warrior meets triathlon. Should be fun! I’m going head to head against a friend this round, but as we progress, I have a feeling these competitions won’t be so friendly. More details to come before the week is out…Talk soon!